I’ve always loved a good excuse to dress up in costume. That’s why for
me, throwback day at the ballpark is one of the highlights in the
81-game calendar. Last year, the theme was 1929 in honor of the 80th
anniversary of the Philadelphia Athletics’ 1929 World Series win. We’re talking flapper
costumes for the girls, Model A Fords and a black and white big screen.
On top last year’s fantastic costumes and clever details (for example, PA announcer Dick Callahan doing his broadcast from the field — just like teams used to do back in the day!), the team won on a walk-off hit from Mark Ellis. If you don’t recognize those players walking off the field (center photo, above), it’s because they too were wearing throwback uniforms to look like the white and blue of the Philadelphia Athletics.
This Sunday, the A’s are rolling back the clock once again. This time,
the theme is 70s day to commemorate the three World Championship titles the
team earned in 1972, 1973 and 1974. The cool thing about honoring the
70s is that a lot of fans have vivid memories of the “Swingin’ A’s” and
the players from that decade are still alive and healthy. Expect to see a handful of favorite names parading around the stadium and in the stands that night!
Both the A’s and the Pirates will be wearing throwback uniforms from that decade, but for me, finding the perfect outfit for 70s day has not been as simple as picking up a flapper dress for last year. For one thing, there’s a wide range of 70s costumes: disco 70s, sporty 70s, glamorous 70s and of course, hippie 70s. These photos document a recent shopping trip I took to the used and vintage stores along Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Which will I choose? You’re going to have to show up on Saturday to see for yourself. And remember, please come in costume!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 7:05
vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates
15,000 fans will receive a replica Joe Rudi jersey
With a season and a quarter under my in-game hosting belt, I’ve always said the best fans turn out on the ickiest game days. You know, those cold (and sometimes rainy) Monday and Tuesday nights early in the season when the A’s are playing against a struggling opponent.
During this homestand’s first 2-game rainy, cold series against the Seattle Mariners, our diehards were well rewarded with a series sweep and a walk-off win! (Photo to the right)
I’d like to personally thank you, the fans, for showing up! Here are some snaps capturing some of my favorite moments during the games.
On the left, we have 5-year old Erica who immediately climbed into my lap and wanted to chat about anything and everything. Tuesday night’s game was her first baseball game ever, but I’m hoping she’ll become a fan for life! On the right are two buddies from Castro Valley celebrating a 67th birthday.
I interviewed Hefren and Max, left, about sending text messages to the big screen. Out of nowhere they came up with the cutest jingle that was met with a huge applause from the crowd: “Extra, extra, read all about it! Seattle’s going to lose, no doubt about it!” Awesome. On the right, our hard-working A’s interns, Steve and Jessica, wading through puddles on the second deck.
The Garlets family on the left is one dedicated A’s family. 16 of them turned out on Monday’s game to celebrate 7 May birthdays. And on the right, Miss Audrey is celebrating her 77th birthday at the ballpark.
Alright fans, we could be in for a few more wet, cold nights this week, but please don’t let that keep you home. Come on out to the Coliseum tonight as we take on the Detroit Tigers. See you there, fans!